A Free Chaplain Yee Speaks Out for Islam

June 14, 2004

Source: The News Tribune


On June 14, 2004 The News Tribune reported, "Capt. James Yee, a Muslim U.S. Army chaplain who was jailed for 76 days by his government on suspicion of espionage before he was cleared, stood with his prayer cap on Saturday evening and explained some basics of Islam to an audience at the Washington State History Museum. 'I'm here today as James Yee - your brother in humanity,' he told the audience at a program by the The Bill of Rights Defense Committee - Tacoma. 'Today's special for people who have a passion for justice and diversity. Islam is relevant and all over the news. We must understand each other. I'm wearing my prayer cap tonight.' More than 75 people heard his talk on the tenets of Islam and expressed appreciation for his presence. They filled a hat full of money to help with his legal bills after being told they were substantial. Afterward, people came up to shake his hand, get his autograph, give him more money, and ask forgiveness."